From NEX to Alpha: Sony introduces 20 megapixel a5000
Sony has taken the wraps off the a5000, a mirrorless camera that features a 20.1MP APS-C CMOS sensor, Bionz X processor, and built-in Wi-Fi. Sony bills the a5000 as 'the world's lightest interchangeable lens camera' because it weighs 210g (7.4 oz.) without battery, card, or lens. As promised last year, the new naming scheme leaves the NEX label behind, though the a5000 seems a natural extension of the NEX-5 line.
Additional features include NFC for easy Wi-Fi connectivity; a 3" 460K-dot LCD that flips forward for easy self-portraits; a built-in pop-up flash; and a zoom control built into the body to control power zoom lenses. The a5000 can also use Sony PlayMemories Camera Apps, which work similarly to smartphone apps to make adding features to the camera a simple option.
Expected to ship in March, the Sony a5000 will include a 16-50mm kit lens for $600, and come in black, silver and white.
Sony Introduces the World’s Lightest Interchangeable Lens Camera with Wi-Fi® Connectivity
New a5000 Model offers DSLR Power in Compact Body
LAS VEGAS (CES Booth #14200), Jan. 6, 2014 – The versatile new Sony a5000 camera (model ILCE-5000) is the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera to feature the convenience of Wi-Fi connectivity.1 Weighing in at less than 8oz., the new camera boasts a formidable amount of imaging power for its size.
"Packing DSLR imaging power into an incredibly small and light package, our new a5000 is the ultimate 'everyday shooter' that will appeal to a wide range of customers," said Neal Manowitz, director of the alpha interchangeable lens camera division at Sony. "Its sleek, user-friendly design will attract point-and-shoot users looking to upgrade, while its impressive imaging credentials will appeal to photo enthusiasts looking for a compact camera that can deliver the performance, flexibility and results they crave."
The new camera features a large 20.1 MP APS-C sized sensor that is paired with a new-generation BIONZ® X processor – the same processor in the award winning Sony a7 and a7R full-frame cameras. These key devices work together to deliver crisp, high-quality still images and full HD videos in all types of shooting conditions.
The BIONZ X processor uses detail reproduction, area-specific noise reduction and diffraction reducing technologies to ensure extremely fine color textures and low noise in images. Additionally, it allows for shooting at extremely high sensitivity – up to ISO 16000 – for impressive pictures in fading light.
On-board Wi-Fi capabilities give consumers one-touch connection with Xperia® or NFC-compatible Android™ smartphones or tablets for instant image transfer and sharing2. A single touch also activates Smart Remote Control, linking the camera with a smartphone or tablet to view shots, and fire the shutter from a distance.
For devices without NFC one-touch capabilities, users can wirelessly transfer images and videos and activate Smart Remote Control with the a5000 camera through Sony's PlayMemories Mobile™ application, available for the iOS and Android platforms.
The new a5000 model has a comfortable new grip and intuitive tiltable LCD screen that can flip upwards up to 180 degrees for easy self-portraits. There's also a conveniently placed lever on the camera body for fingertip adjustment of the camera's optical zoom3, which is especially useful for shooting HD video with the supplied 16-50mm power zoom kit lens (model SELP1650).
The camera's "Photo Creativity" mode will help less experienced photographers learn and experiment with creative settings. Unique to Sony, this mode replaces complex photographic settings with more easily understood phrases like "Background Defocus" and "Brightness," giving users direct access to many common manual settings. It also offers quick and easy access to Picture Effects, which includes popular modes like Pop Color, Selective Color, Toy Camera and Miniature Mode.
Sony PlayMemories™ Camera Apps
The growing assortment of downloadable PlayMemories Camera Apps adds a range of exciting and powerful features to the a5000 camera. Shooters can pick from a variety of free to nominal cost apps to broaden creative options, experiment with new effects, learn new photography techniques and more.
There are 16 apps currently available, including an upgraded version of "Time Lapse 2.0," which intelligently and automatically adjusts exposure for changing lighting conditions over of the course of a time lapse sequence. A new free "Sync to Smartphone" app automatically transfers shots to a pre-registered smartphone or tablet each time the camera is switched off.
New Sony Alpha Lenses and Accessories
The new camera is compatible with Sony's ever-growing assortment of E-mount interchangeable lenses, which now includes a new version of the popular SEL55210 lens (55-210mm, F4.5-6.3). Identical in optics to the existing silver 55-210mm E-mount zoom lens, this new version has a black finish to match many of Sony’s latest E-mount cameras.
In total, 20 different lenses are now available for Sony's E-mount system with several premium models from Carl Zeiss® and G Series Lenses.
Additionally, there is a new sleek designed body case – the LCS-EBB model – that serves as a perfect travel companion for the a5000 camera.
Pricing and Availability
The Sony a5000 compact interchangeable lens camera will be available in March 2014 in silver, black and white for about $600 in a kit with a compact, versatile 16-50mm motorized zoom lens (model SELP1650).
The new, black-finish E 55-210mm (SEL55210) zoom lens will be available in March for about $350.
The new camera and all compatible lenses and accessories will be available at Sony retail stores (www.store.sony.com) and other authorized dealers nationwide.
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1 Among interchangeable lens digital cameras equipped with an APS-C size image sensor. As of Jan. 6, 2014, based on Sony survey.
2 Only for smartphones or tablets with Android OS (Version 4.0 or later). The latest PlayMemories Mobile application must be installed on the mobile device.
3 With any power zoom lens attached. When other lenses are attached, Digital Zoom (including Clear Image Zoom) is adjusted.
|MSRP||$600 (with 16-50mm power zoom lens)|
|Body type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Max resolution||5456 x 3632|
|Other resolutions||5456 x 3064, 3872 x 2576, 3872 x 2176, 2736 x 1824, 2736 x 1536|
|Image ratio w:h||3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||20 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||20 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (23.2 x 15.4 mm)|
|Color space||sRGB, AdobeRGB|
|Color filter array||Primary color filter|
|ISO||Auto, 100 - 16000|
|White balance presets||9|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, standard|
|Optics & Focus|
|Autofocus assist lamp||Yes|
|Digital zoom||Yes (2X)|
|Number of focus points||25|
|Lens mount||Sony E|
|Focal length multiplier||1.5×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT LCD with 180 upward tilt|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Flash range||4.00 m (at ISO 100)|
|Flash modes||Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear Sync., Slow Sync., Red-eye reduction|
|Flash X sync speed||1/160 sec|
|Continuous drive||3.5 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)|
|Exposure compensation||±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)|
|WB Bracketing||Yes (3-shot)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60i/24p), 1440 x 1080 (25 fps), 640 x 480 (25 fps)|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (micro HDMI)|
|Wireless notes||802.11 b/g/n with NFC|
|Remote control||Yes (via smartphone)|
|Battery description||NP-FW50 lithium-ion battery and USB charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||420|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||269 g (0.59 lb / 9.49 oz)|
|Dimensions||110 x 63 x 36 mm (4.33 x 2.48 x 1.42″)|
|Timelapse recording||Yes (requires downloadable app)|
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